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Komets rebound with big win

A night after maybe their worst loss of the season, the Komets turned in their biggest win of the season.

Matt Firman scored twice. And Brett Smith had a goal, two assists and two fights in the Komets' 7-2 victory over the North Division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones at Memorial Coliseum.

On Friday night, the Komets suffered a lackadaisical 5-1 loss at to the Kalamazoo Wings. The fans booed. The post-game scene was panicked.

The Komets (25-20-2) left nothing to doubt against the Cyclones (26-16-6), though.

Donning pink jerseys for the second straight night – part of a promotion with the Vera Bradley Foundation to raise money for the battle against breast cancer – the Komets came out uncharacteristically well. They got a power-play goal from Smith, who was set up by Brandon Marino’s pass from behind the net, at 9:18 of the first period.

The Komets are 16-4-1 this season in games in which they’ve scored the first goal.

Smith’s goal was soon followed by a fight between Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Anthony Luciani.

Later in the period, Smith fought forward David Pacan, who had taken exception to a ferocious Smith hit on defenseman Josh McFadden, who went headfirst into the boards but didn’t get a penalty for his trouble from referee Andrew Wilk.

In the second period, defenseman Daniel Maggio rocketed a shot from the blue line and Firman redirected it underneath Cyclones goalie Michael Houser for a 2-0 lead.

Just after Firman scored again, crashing his way to a rebound and poking it in, Smith and McFadden fought in front of the net.

And right wing Matt Syroczynski, playing his second game with the Komets after coming out of a retirement of nearly three years, scored at for a 4-0 lead.

The Cyclones broke the shutout at 6:04 of the third period, when defenseman Taylor Ellington scored from 40 feet out, as goalie Charlie Effinger was screened. But Fort Wayne defenseman Scott Kishel answered at the end of a 2-on-1 rush, and then Schrock scored for a 6-1 lead.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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